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Flute for Dummies

For Dummies

By Karen Evans Moratz

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Format: Paperback / softback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 January 2010
This is an excellent primer for those with little or no experience playing the flute Always wanted to play the flute? Are you a former flautist who wants to refresh your skills? "Flute For Dummies" is the guide for you. Following along with the book's accompanying CD, you will learn the nuances of playing the flute as an accompanying instrument or for playing a solo, in a variety of musical styles. Readers will learn how to play, step-by-step - from the correct angle for blowing into the mouthpiece and controlling pitch, to proper breathing, creating vibrato, and much more. The book's accompany CD allows readers to play what they are learning, and listen to the accompanying track to see if they're getting it right. Karen Moratz is Principal Flutist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Artist in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Flute at the School of Music/Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. Easy-to-understand methods and instructions make learning to play this beautiful instrument as simple and straightforward as possible!

Table of Contents

Part I: A Prelude to Flute Playing 7 Chapter 1: So You Want to Play the Flute 9 Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Flute 13 Chapter 3: Choosing Your Instrument 29 Chapter 4: Understanding Music Notation 55 Part II: Playing the Flute: Just Wiggle Your Fingers and Blow! 81 Chapter 5: Getting Down to Basics: Before You Begin 83 Chapter 6: Making Flute Sounds 101 Chapter 7: Putting It All Together: The Flute and You 113 Chapter 8: Playing Your First Notes 129 Chapter 9: Higher, Lower, and in Between: More Advanced Notes 139 Chapter 10: Between the Notes: Slurring and Tonguing 153 Chapter 11: Getting Up to the Second Octave163 Part III: Above and Beyond: Essential Intermediate Techniques 177 Chapter 12: Making That Elusive Big, Beautiful Sound 179 Chapter 13: Adding Vibrato: You Want Fries with That Shake? 191 Chapter 14: High Flutin': Making the Top Notes Sing 201 Chapter 15: Controlling Pitch: Do You Need a Tuneup? 219 Chapter 16: Faster Tonguing and Getting Your Trills 237 Part IV: Darn Tootin': An Accompaniment to Your Growing Skills 259 Chapter 17: Revisiting the Practice Studio: Establishing a Routine 261 Chapter 18: Taking Your Playing to New Heights: Teachers, Ensembles, and Performances 285 Chapter 19: Repair and Maintenance: Taking Care of Your Instrument 299 Part V: The Part of Tens 307 Chapter 20: Don't Blow It! Ten Bad Habits to Avoid at All Costs 309 Chapter 21: Ten Flutists You Need to Hear 317 Chapter 22: Ten Different Types of Flutes 325 Part VI: Appendixes 335 Appendix A: Fingering Charts 337 Appendix B: About the CD 351 Index 359

About the Author

Karen Evans Moratz is Principal Flutist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Artist in Residence and Associate Professor of Flute at the School of Music/Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. She is a founding member of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club and of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

EAN: 9780470484456
ISBN: 0470484454
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Dimensions: 23.22 x 18.69 x 2.49 centimetres (0.68 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Flute for Dummies is exactly as the title suggests. Flute for dummies! This book covers several aspects of Flute playing, technique and becoming a promising flute player. Covers techniques from sound production and development, vibrato, fingering (including trills and tremolos), articulation (including double and triple tonguing techniques), breathing, range as well as a list of professional flautists who are worthwhile listening to. Check it out!

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